Former White House doctor Jackson goes to Texas GOP runoff

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Former White House physician and one-time nominee to head the Department of Veterans Affairs Ronny Jackson has advanced to a runoff in the Republican primary for a rural Texas congressional seat.

Jackson’s VA nomination by President Donald Trump in 2018 was derailed by allegations of drinking on the job and over-prescribing drugs.

He denied those allegations.

Jackson retired from the Navy in 2019 and launched his political campaign.

He seeks the seat held by retiring Rep. Mac Thornberry in a district considered safely Republican.

Jackson will face agriculture advocate Josh Winegarner in a May runoff. 

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